Congratulations to the following Australian Muslim professionals for being listed in the Muslim 500 2018:
- Ed Husic – for his influence in politics
- Talal Yassine – for his influence in business
Also included are Imam Afroz Ali and Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury in the list of “Scholars and preachers”.
Talal has spent 20 years in business, politics, and charity work. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Crescent Wealth, the world’s first Sharia-compliant pension fund. Talal also serves as the Chairman of First Quay Capital and LandCorp Australia and serves on the Board of the Whitlam Institute Limited, a Prime Ministerial Board connected to the University of Western Sydney. He is a Director of Finocracy Ltd (USA) and the Responsible Finance Initiative (UK). His previous positions include a number of high-profile public-sector roles. Talal is a Professorial Fellow with the Crawford School at the Australian National University and an adjunct professor with the Business School at the University of Western Sydney.
In 2010, Ed Husic became the first Muslim to be elected to the Australian Federal Parliament. When Kevin Rudd announced the Second Rudd Ministry in 2013, Husic was named as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. Taking his oath on the Qur’an, Husic became the first Muslim sworn in to the Australian federal government frontbench. With his rise in political prominence came growing Islamophobic abuse directed toward him.